Metro North Commuter Train Accident

metro-north_derailmentOn Sunday, December 1, 2013 a Metro North commuter train traveling from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station in Manhattan derailed in the Bronx.  At least 4 persons were killed and are confirmed dead, with dozens of passengers seriously injured, several in critical conditions at local area hospitals.  This most recent derailment occurred near the very location of a previous derailment earlier this year; at a turn called “Spuyten Duyvil” (that’s Dutch for “Spitting Devil”).  It is apparent that such derailments are not purely accidental, and that negligence on the part of the Metro North, its employees, including the engineer operating the train, as well as the MTA (parent company of MetroNorth), are responsible.  However, suing MetroNorth requires knowledge of certain legal procedures (such as a Notice of Claim), which act as a mandatory required condition precedent prior to filing suit.  If a Notice has not been correctly filed, a lawsuit can be dismissed, leaving the injured victim without recourse to recover financial damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.  Furthermore, even where a Notice of Claim has been timely filed, the normal Statute of Limitation of 3 years, commonly applied to negligence claims in New York, is shortened to merely one (1) year.

Thus, the team of attorneys at Omrani & Taub, P.C., who have vast experience successfully suing the MTA and Metro North, should be consulted by anyone wishing to sue the MTA, MetroNorth or any of its employees, due to injuries sustained in train, subway, or bus accidents. The Law Offices of Omrani & Taub are following this developing story closely and gathering detailed information should anyone need to file suit against MetroNorth. You can reach an experienced train derailment attorney at (212) 529-7848, that’s 212-LAWSUIT.